Welcome to your September News

Delivering on client demands with IBM DB2 for SAP applications



Finanz Informatik Technologie Service (FI-TS) supports IT operations for some of the leading financial services and insurance companies in Germany, providing everything from classical data centre hosting to cloud computing services.


Many clients running SAP applications were struggling to control their database licensing costs. The complexity of the application landscape, combined with the difficulty of keeping an accurate track of the relevant database licenses, tended to result in over-licensing.


Michael Klüsener comments: “We run any and all database systems. However, based on our long experience of operating large SAP applications, we have found that IBM DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows offers the perfect solution. Not only is IBM’s licensing model simple, straightforward and good value, IBM DB2 also offers excellent performance and sophisticated in-memory capabilities with BLU Acceleration.”


Working together with Empirius, FI-TS migrated around 60 SAP systems for one of its major clients from Oracle Database to IBM DB2 10.5 over an 18-month period. Michael Klüsener recalls. “Together with Empirus we were able to complete the database migration for the SAP applications on-time and on-budget.

“What’s more, thanks to the powerful compression features in IBM DB2 10.5, we reduced the database size of one large SAP Bank Analyzer application from 24 TB on Oracle Database to 12TB on IBM DB2. This has significantly reduced time spent on management, and cut backup time and space.”


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September's Upcoming Events


Please remember, the remaining SIG's for September are still available for booking. These include:


BIG Data - taking place on Tuesday 27th September. To book or for further information, please click here


Real Estate - taking place on Tuesday 27th September. To book or for further information, please click here


Maintenance & Service Management - taking place on Wednesday 28th September. To book or for further information, please click here


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You can help to influence the content of the day and if there is something in particular your company would like to hear about, we can try and include that topic in the agenda!


In addition to these benefits we’ll help you get everything you need organised and you can benefit from a free conference pass to UKISUG Connect for your company.


"Hosting a SIG couldn’t be easier, and the User Group are there to help. Book a room, order some refreshments, influence the content of the day and enjoy not having to travel hours and hours to attend." - Roy Clark, Newcastle University


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If you think that your organisation could provide a small meeting room along with some light refreshments and you would like to find out more about hosting one of our SIGs, please contact [email protected] 

Connecting the SAP Community

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The unique event for the UK & Ireland has:


  • 14 dedicated streams
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  • 7 thought provoking Keynotes


UKISUG Connect 2016 is designed to cover everything you need to know to ensure you get the most out of your systems, both now and in the future!


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UKISUG’s Fantasy Football league has returned for its fifth season!


So after winning for two seasons in a row, we were certain Martin Lyall couldn’t do it for a third year. His mid-season form led him to a mediocre mid-table position and surely that was his title winning chances over! Well, it would seem not. Roaring back into the top spot with only 3 weeks remaining of the season, Martin won again!
After yet another successful competition, we would like to invite our members to join our 2016-17 league, with the chance to win a full 3-day delegate pass to our UKISUG Connect 2017
To join the UK & Ireland SAP User Group League just follow the simple steps:

  1. Visit the Premier League Fantasy Football Website –
  2. Set up your account (Click Sign Up)
  3. Under the Leagues tab, select ‘Join a league’
  4. Choose private then select next
  5. Enter the following code when requested ‘471121-140395’ then select ‘Join League’
  6. Enjoy!

If you were part of the league last year, don’t worry, you’ll be automatically added when you register your team.

Will Martin ‘Mourihno’ Lyall keep his crown for a fourth year or can anyone else claim top spot at the end of the season? 

Good luck!


A recent report from TCS shows that the insurance industry is expected to spend $102.9million on IoT-related technology and solutions in 2018 alone. This huge growth in investment demonstrates the financial potential of untapped data, and the ability to access this is now presenting the whole industry with a huge opportunity to reduce losses. Read more.

SAP Modernizes Data Warehousing with the Launch of SAP BW/4HANA

Latest SAP HANA Platform Innovation Will Future-Proof Data Warehousing Landscapes and Unleash New Ways to Analyze Data in Real Time. Read more.
Opinion: How tech can help grocers compete with food start-ups

Shane Finlay of SAP talks about how adopting technology and software has a key benefit for any grocer or food retailer looking to compete – it allows them access to a much larger market. Read more.
SAP Announces Record Numbers for openSAP Platform, Launches Seven New Courses

SAP today (6th September) announced seven additional course offerings delivered through the openSAP platform, a learning environment specifically designed for the digital age. Read more.

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